Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sarah Kernochan guest post.

Best books would like to welcome Sarah Kernochan author of Jane Was Here which is available to buy now ill add purchase links at the bottom of this post.  

I’m a bad swimmer. I never learned how to suck breath with my head turned to the side. I would either inhale water or gulp only enough oxygen for a couple of strokes more, at which point I would be gasping for life. So I swim with a mask and snorkel tube.

It feels like I can go on forever this way. Usually there’s not much to see on the bottom of the pool or the bay where I paddle in summers. And you can’t see anything above the water, so there’s a certain trust involved that sharks or jet-skis are not going to remove some crucial limb. What’s mesmerizing is the sound of my own breath. Slow, deep, rhythmic, life-giving. Like meditation practice, it leads you inward. You enter the cosmic creative flow.

Here is the natural habitat of imagination, ideas, words, stories, solutions, endlessly regenerating, as if they already exist and are drifting about for the taking. You don’t always find what you’re seeking on the first try, but you trust in its presence; surely the next few tries will succeed.

But you can’t type underwater.

I know some writers who do employ meditation to get into the “zone.”  Others choose the music that bests suits the tone of their material – for example, soundtracks of scary movies, or Bartok, for writing horror.

I use earplugs. Shutting off external sound puts you in the realm of your own breathing. Gradually, into the primordial deep you go, merging with the current. Your unconscious welcomes you, the writer, the fisher.

I’m wearing earplugs as I write this. Next stop, the deep.

About this author (goodreads)

I decided to be a writer at age 14. The books I loved made me want to draw love in the same way, to beguile and woo a reader away from the sensory world. I don't think of myself as an author but rather as a storyteller. I have only published two books because I got sidetracked into film. That career reached its peak with my directing a movie from my own script called "All I Wanna Do" [original title: "The Hairy Bird"] with Kirsten Dunst and Lynn Redgrave. The other peak was winning a second Academy Award for documentary.

I worried that, when I eventually returned to writing novels, screenwriting would have ruined my prose style. I found that, instead, it had sharpened my ability to plot and shape a story. I felt more confident about constructing the intricate mystery of JANE WAS HERE and to keep readers turning pages.

Because of several personal experiences with ghosts, as well as past-life flashbacks, I became interested in reincarnation and the paranormal. Over time I developed my own spirituality and rapport with the divine, and I drew upon all my beliefs when writing JANE WAS HERE. This makes the novel so much more than an entertainment to me. I am still trying to lift people out of this world!

Recently my husband James Lapine and I purchased a house on Martha's Vineyard, on a private beach where four generations of Kernochans have reveled since the 30's. This place is, and will be for the rest of my life, my portal to creativity. If I should become a ghost, this is where I would linger

JANE WAS HERE is a suspense story which brings reincarnation, karma, and the paranormal into the mix. What if someone was born with a fragmentary memory of a life before, and refuses to adjust to their new identity? What if she is driven instead to find the rest of those memories so that she can know what happened to her 150 years ago when she mysteriously disappeared?

A young woman arrives in the small rundown community of Graynier, Massachusetts. She calls herself Jane, though she was christened by another name. She can point out the house where she grew up, and yet she has never been to Graynier in her life. Thus begins Jane's mission, to retrieve the puzzle pieces of a former life, groping her way through the past and the present simultaneously.

The inhabitants of Graynier are unwittingly drawn into the mystery, as it becomes clear: someone must pay in the present for what happened in the past. For somewhere in this town is her killer, who also has come back incarnated as a different person.

Will Jane meet the same fate as she did in the other time? Or will divine justice be served?

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